Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Announces Opening Date

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City announced the former Taj Mahal property will reopen June 28, with a focus on entertainment over gaming.

"When we announced that we were going to step in the AC gaming market, we had a different view point," said Hard Rock Chairman Jim Allen.  "It's not about gaming, it's about entertainment."

The former Taj Mahal was completely refurbished with all rooms and restaurants demolished and redesigned. The casino will have more than 2,100 slot machines and 120 table games. The Mark G. Etess Arena has been renamed the "Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena" and its capacity was expanded to hold 7,000 people.

Some of the shows at the Hard Rock are already listed on Ticketmaster. Here's the full lineup of acts and dates known so far:

  • Steve Byrne - June 26, 27 and 28
  • Howie Mandel - July 3 and 4
  • Third Eye Blind - July 5
  • Jon Lovitz - July 5
  • Kellie Pickler - July 6
  • The Dan Band - July 7
  • Ted Nugent - July 12
  • Florida Georgia Line - July 13 and 14
  • Gin Blossoms - July 21
  • Chris Young - July 21
  • Pat Benatar, Neil Geraldo and Rick Springfield - July 26
  • Rascal Flatts - July 26
  • A Thousand Horses - July 27
  • Frankie Valli - July 27 and 28
  • Greg Hahn - July 31
  • Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult - Aug. 1
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Aug. 4
  • George Thorogood - Aug. 9
  • The Million Dollar Quartet - Aug. 11
  • Blake Shelton - Aug. 18
  • Counting Crows and Live - Aug. 23
  • Toby Keith - Aug. 26
  • Amy Schumer - Sept. 1
  • The Fab Faux - Sept. 8
  • Cole Swindell - Sept. 22
  • Steely Dan - Oct. 13
  • Kid Rock - Oct. 19 and 20
  • Rock of Ages - Nov. 1 to Nov. 4